Molloy Alumna Visits Sudan to Teach the Importance of Baby's First Breaths
By Stony Brook Medicine
Lisa Clark Class of '82, DNP, CPNP-AC, PC, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Stony Brook Long Island Children's Hospital, visited Khartoum, Sudan, in January with one overarching goal in mind: teaching the importance of a baby's breathing during the first minute of his or her life. When a baby is born in the Sudan, often the midwife cuts the umbilical cord, hands the baby to the mother's relatives, and begins delivering the placenta and suturing the episiotomy, Clark said. As the only medical personnel on hand, the midwives can devote their attention only to either the mother or the baby, she said. By the time the midwife notices that a baby is not crying, it may be too late to save his or her life.